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Spen Valley Road in Ravensthorpe is closed following the incident, which police are linking to yesterday's shooting in Dewsbury.

It comes after two firearms incidents in the town so far this week.

On Monday two men were arrested after a car crash behind Dewsbury Police Station. The occupants of the car felt there was a pursuit and firearms discharge before crashing the car. The men arrested were not in the car.

On Tuesday a man was taken to hospital by air ambulance after being shot in a "drive-by shooting" in Dewsbury. Eyewitnesses reported hearing two shots from the vehicle, possibly a Black Toyota Yaris.

West Yorkshire Police told us the two incidents are not thought to be linked.

The Examiner will bring updates throughout the day into this police investigation.

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Full story from today

Here’s the full story from today’s incident in Dewsbury.

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Police 'understand community concerns'

Police have said they understand the Dewsbury community will be concerned, but have provided reassurance to residents following a number of incidents in Dewsbury.

Dewsbury NPT Inspector Chris Hughes, said: “Over the past few days there have been a number of incidents in the Dewsbury area and our communities are understandably concerned.

“I would like to reassure them that we are conducting extensive enquiries into these incidents and want to send a clear message that gun crime will not be tolerated by West Yorkshire Police.

“We believe that all the incidents were targeted attacks, but also unconnected with each other.

“Kirklees District have ongoing support from specialist armed officers and we have also increased our policing presence in the town as we target those suspected of being involved in criminal activity.

“Anyone who has any information about any of the incidents is urged to contact with police via 101. I would also like to remind the public that they can pass on information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

On Monday 28 August, there was a collision with a barrier at Dewsbury Police Station and also nearby a firearms discharge. Four males aged 17, 17, 19 and 29 were arrested in connection with the first incident and remain in police custody at this time.

On Tuesday, (29 August) there was reports of a firearms discharges in Ravenshouse Road, in Dewsbury, where a man was injured.

This morning (30 August), police attended Spen Valley Road to a report of a suspected arson attack on a parked vehicle.

Update on Monday's incident

West Yorkshire Police has said that two males, aged 29, and 17, arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in connection with the incident near to Dewsbury Police Station on Monday remain in custody.


Today they have told us a further two males, aged 17 and 19, have also been arrested overnight on suspicion of firearms offences in connection with this incident and are also in custody.

Re-cap of events so far

This morning Police attended an incident on Spen Valley Road, Dewsbury, at about 8.15am to a report of a suspected arson attack on a parked vehicle.

Emergency services attended, no-one was injured and officers are conducting enquiries at the scene.

West Yorkshire Police has confirmed it is being linked to recent disorder in Dewsbury.

It comes after two incidents this week that has involved firearms.

Click here to read what happened on Monday when two men were arrested after a suspected pursuit and firearms discharge in the town centre.

And click here to read about a man being shot in a “drive-by shooting”

The scene of a firearms incident on Ravenshouse Road, Dewsbury
The scene of a firearms incident on Ravenshouse Road, Dewsbury (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)


Force helicopter was called

The force helicopter was called:

Car set alight 'treated as arson'

A car on Spen Valley Road in Ravensthorpe was set alight this morning and police say it is linked to ‘recent disorder’ in the town.

The Vauxhall Astra was damaged.

No-one in the car at the time, residents came out to find the car on fire and were able to get the fire under control.

Eyewitnesses said the tyres have blown at the front of the vehicle.

It comes after two incidents in Dewsbury this week - a crash near to Dewsbury Police Station where the occupants of a car believed they were in pursuit by another vehicle and thought a firearm was discharged.

Then a man was shot in another incident on Ravenshouse Road, Dewsbury yesterday.

Watch Louise report from the scene

The scene

Here’s a map of the scene - Spen Valley Road is closed off currently

Latest on police activity in Dewsbury

There will be a lot of police activity in the Dewsbury area once again after armed police return to the area after a series of firearms incidents this week.

Spen Valley Road, at Ravensthorpe, metres away from the gyratory on the Huddersfield to Dewsbury road, is currently closed off by police.

Eyewitnesses say armed police officers arrived this morning and the Force helicopter was above the area for some time.

My colleague Louise Cooper is at the scene of the latest police activity in Dewsbury.

Police statement

West Yorkshire Police has issued a statement on the latest police activity:

Police attended on Spen Valley Road, Dewsbury, at about 8.15am this morning to a report of a suspected arson attack on a parked vehicle.

Emergency services attended and enquiries are ongoing into the incident which is being linked to recent disorder in Dewsbury

No-one was injured and officers are conducting enquiries at the scene.

Car fire

Witnesses have told my colleague Louise Cooper that a car caught fire at around 7.30am in Spen Valley Road and police sealed off the street.